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Business site raises eyebrows by asking 'Why Do Some People Hate Jews?'
Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget in New York earlier this year.
May 30th, 2012
10:25 AM ET

Business site raises eyebrows by asking 'Why Do Some People Hate Jews?'

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - The Business Insider, a popular business-focused news website, posted a curious headline on its site: “Why Do Some People Hate Jews?”

Tuesday's headline and accompanying blog post, from Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget, wound up turning a lot of heads. The avalanche of response and criticism prompted Blodget - a high-profile former Wall Street analyst - to revise his headline and offer explanations/defenses of his post throughout the day.

“Along with many other sites, this site is occasionally visited by people whose mission in life appears to be to express hatred of Jews,” Blodget wrote in his original post. “And hatred of Jews has obviously been an ongoing theme worldwide for centuries.

“What is the source of this animosity? Why does it perpetuate itself? Where did this prejudice come from?”

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The query drew plenty of tongue wagging from many corners of the Internet. “That’s right, there sure is nowhere better to suss out the reasoning behind one of the greatest attempted genocides of our modern times than in an Internet comments section,” Mediaite jested in a post that seethed disapproval.

“Is this how websites get traffic now?” Mediaite writer Jon Bershad continued. “Should Mediaite’s next slideshow be 'Top 10 Stereotypes About Black People'?"

Later Tuesday, Blodget updated his piece with a new headline, “What Are the Sources of Anti-Semitism?” explaining the initial headline “made a lot of people angry ...  (s)o I changed it.”

Blodget also subbed out the original photo, which he characterized as featuring a pair of “jovial Orthodox Jews,” with a picture of Jewish actress Natalie Portman. He wrote that some readers found the original photo “needlessly provocative.”

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By day’s end, Blodget offered his seventh update, saying that he wish he’d never published the piece. “Whatever interesting responses came from the post, I now regret writing it,” Blodget wrote. "I am very sorry to anyone I offended. I sincerely apologize.”

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  1. Abraham

    Why do people hate Jews? People hate Jews because Jews value education, work hard to make and keep money to benefit their families and the Jewish community. People hate Jews because Jews frown upon the consumption of alcohol (ever heard of a Jewish bar or pub?), the use of tobacco, gambling, and divorce, and because Jews have contributed so much to America as doctors, lawyers, scientists, business professionals, actors, comedians, directors, writers, artists, philanthropists, etc. etc. etc. Because of antisemitism from some ignorant, jealous Christians, Muslims, and others, Jews have chosen to keep to themselves as a form of protection from hate speech and hateful behavior. Because they speak, read, and write in a common language (Hebrew and Yiddish) that is unfamiliar to others and because for 2000 years they have been "strangers in a strange land" except for the rrestablishment of their country, Israel in 1948, they have become the perfect scapegoats for the economic woes that countries have brought down upon themselves. Don't worry people, there are only 7,000,000 Jews left in the world due to limited sizes of families, genocide, and intermarriage with non Jews. The Jewish population is shrinking and so some other highly successful, dispossessed, "different", group of people, will become the new scapegoats in the future. In family groups of the great apes and big cats, outsiders are torn apart by the group for no apparent reason–humans are no different from these animals.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • GvilleT

      Why do you keep wanting apologies from everyone?

      May 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • magnus

      you are correct. jews are not involved in gambling, and they were not involved in the 1919 Black Sox scandal that almost destroyed baseball.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Robairdo

      @magnus got something more current? That was almost a century ago when good ole boys in the south were still hangnig blacks for looking at white girls.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • magnus

      i dont have any other examples. i was only making the point that his paragraph was a little too self-righteous. carry on...

      May 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Abraham: are you sure about the population number? There are nearly 8 million people in Israel, and about 75% of them are Jews, so around 6 million people. There are millions of Jewish Americans, too, so the worldwide number of 7 million sounds low. I'd bet that there will be Jewish people on Earth for as long as there is an Earth. Many have tried to annihilate the Jewish people. None have ever succeeded at it, and none ever will.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  2. james

    Why some people hate Jews? The question is silly. Jews, a minority group in the USA actually control almost everything happening in this world. There is always a Jewish angle in every conflict happening in the world.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Peikovianyi

      Please read my prior response. Chances are you are a Jihadi, a Christian mystic, or a loser.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • logical

      wow, so that basically means they are godly.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • steve

      False.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Huebert

      Definitely a loser.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • AverageJoe76

      If you can't bet your life on that statement, it's probably not worth much. Saying things which is obviously on a global scale as you imply, means you have access to lots of information that could jeapordize your very livelyhood. And you have time for this CNN website? Shouldn't you be in hiding? "Staying off the grid"? No? (sigh) .........guess I don't know espionage as well as the movies have taught me. Oh fiddle-sticks.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • sbp

      If the Jews really did have such almighty control over EVERYTHING, wouldn't they have "terminated" YOU already?

      May 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • Robairdo

      Ignorant Loser is my vote.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @james: so, what's the 'Jewish" angle in the conflict in Northern Ireland? Or in the Tutsi-Hutu conflict? Or the Chinese occupation of Tibet? Dude, get a grip! Human conflict is caused by the fact that we're humans! Our species is capable of great kindness and great violence. It's our evolutionary heritage. Our nearest relatives, the chimps, are the same way. There's no sinister Jewish "angle" on every conflict in the world. Wake up, man!

      May 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  3. Peikovianyi

    For Muslims, Jews and Christians are inferiors. For Christians, Jews are collectively responsible for the world's problems, because God can't figure out how to forgive Mankind for disobedience in Eden other than having Mankind torture and kill Him (which dies sound absurd, exactly why Tertuliian loved that reason). For losers, Jews provide an excuse for their own failure. Jews are therefore an abstract creation, to be used however they are needed. Otherwise, they are quite ordinary.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • steve

      You have no clue about Christianity.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Peikovianyi

      Just the opposite, pal.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Timothy

      In a perverse sort of way, this is true. There is an old saying too: Protestants hate the Catholics and the Catholics hate the Protestants; whites hate the blacks and the blacks hate the whites; French hate the English and the English hate the French; and everybody hates the Jews. But I really think that it is low self-esteem behind group hatred. You tend to hate people who are doing better than you are. And the Jews makeup a disproportionately greater membership of the professional/educated/wealthy classes and are thus a natural target for hatred. The message here is that mankind is in a dismal state at this point in evolutionary history.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Robairdo

      Steve I am a learned Christian and I can tell you for a fact that most so called "Christians" have NO clue about Christianity.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • magnus

      Peikovianyi teaches his children to hate christians and the cycle will repeat itself in future generations

      May 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • Robairdo

      @magnus I am a born again learned Christian and I dislike most so called "Christians" because they are about as far from Christ as possible, they are in fact anti-Christian. Jews are more Christian then most so called "Christians"

      May 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • magnus

      i hate ALL religions equally. I am not picking on the jews. Trust me when i say that i hate christianity just as much. the problem is when one group of religion teaches their children that their religion is better than others.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Robairdo

      @magnus Christians do that a lot more then Jews. You have Evangelical Creeps like that guy in NC calling for concentration camps for gays. Protestants called Catholicism and Mormonism cults, different protestant sects attacking each other, even within sects you have fighting Liberal Baptist that allow lgbt marriages vs. conservative ones that want to start concentration camps for lgbt.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • why2

      magnus- Jewish people do not teach that their religion is better than any other. We do not try to convert you. We did not kill Jesus, we do not control the money, and the other stereotypes are wrong too (I do not have money, brown hair, brown eyes or a big nose). Most Jewish people are educated because literacy and education are at the very foundation of our faith. As to the other professions, historically, Jewish people were legislated out of certain jobs, so they performed the jobs they were allowed to perform. If by law you were only allowed to be a banker, a teacher, a lawyer, a businessman or a doctor, then that is what you did.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Peikovianyi: "God can't figure out..." Huh? What kind of God do you imagine? Seriously, if I'm a god, would there be anything I couldn't figure out? This is why there's religious conflict in the world. Humans cast God as a super powerful human, but still with human limitations. How abut this: imagine a God that is not simply superhuman, but non-human. Not subject to our limits of understanding. Imagine a God that doesn't hate or fear anything. Then imagine that humanity is one species, and that all of us have far more in common than we have differences. Imagine that Jews, Muslims, Christians, and every other people on Earth are ultimately one extended family and bigotry is pointless and irrational.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  4. maybe this is one reason

    http://money.cnn.com/2012/05/30/technology/flame-virus/index.htm?source=cnn_bin

    flame and stuxnet created by israel.

    Israel is also one of our fake allies (like saudi arabia) who recieve alot of foreign aid, and then spy on and or attack us.

    Look up the USS liberty

    May 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • sbp

      Why don't you look up My Lai in Vietnam – and unlike the Liberty, THAT was no accident. Is the US accordingly forever evil? Dope.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Huebert

      Stuxnet and flame were probably created by the us and given to Israel. Stuxnet in particular is way to advanced to have been created outside of the U.S.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @Huebert: due, there are smart people outside of the U.S. Really. Russians got into space before Americans did. Germans flew jets before Americans did. Just because a thing is super sophisticated doesn't mean it had to originate in the U.S. Genius has no nationality, and technology is rarely contained by borders, thanks to the internet, among other things.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @maybe this is one reason: haven't you ever wondered why the Liberty incident was not avenged? It's been over 40 years, and no retaliation. Because we and the Israelis both understood why the Liberty was fired upon. The Liberty's crew knew why, too. Those who died were brave and they died serving their country with honor. Those who killed them were also serving their country. Israel was in a fight for national survival and was committed to survival even it meant spilling the blood of a friend. Both sides understand that, and so we and Israel remain allies. Hard as it is to accept, we would have done the same thing if we had been in their place.

      May 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  5. Anon

    I hate all these knee-jerking rabid idiots who scream "anti-semitism" at ANY criticism whatsoever of any Jewish thing, person, or place.
    If we could just round up those rabid idiots and ship them to a refugee camp without internet access, half our problems would disappear immediately.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      The use of the word "camps" is not smart when you are attempting to have a discussion about anti-semitism. Why are you intent on putting people who disagree with you in camps? Do you ever get filled with an urge to march East in favor of more living space? Wear brown shirts a lot? Burn books as well?

      May 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Anon

      And here's one of the rabid idiots right here! Thanks for coming by, stupid. You fell into my trap like the simplest yokel ever to trip over a line of chalk.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  6. Robairdo

    I have a question for Jews. Why is that all my Jewish friends and relatives are so much more liberal and open minded about things like lgbt marriage then Christians. This is especially odd given that the old testament is so much more against these things then the new testament?

    May 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • Andy Daniel

      I can only speak for myself but I think the diference is that Judaism is not evangelical – we don't push Jewish law on non-Jews. A simple example – if an Orthodox Jew saw two people sitting on park bench – one wearing a star of david and one wearing a cross – both eating a ham sandwich, his thought would be "that Jew should not be eating pork" – not "those two people should not be eating pork". Similarly, we tend to be quite liberal, believeing in individual rights, because we have so much experience having those rights denied in our history.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Rich Goldberg

      As a minority discriminated against, as a disproportionally educated people ( where knowledge has always been valued EX no pope) we understand a person's right to love whom they love.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Snow

      @Andy.. I really like your analogy about the two eating a Ham sandwich. I wish the good christians in this forum would read it and (at least try to) understand the crux of your observation.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Robairdo

      Thanks for the reply Andy. I am a gay liberal Christian, but have always felt more comfortable with my Jewish friends and relatives. Chrsitians are SO Judgmental, sad because that is exactly the opposite of the way Christ was.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • mickey

      It has zero to do with the bible. Jews think for themselves. They don't read the bible to decide how they feel. The answer to your question is that everybody has the same rights whether they be Christian, Jew, straight, gay. Evangelical Christians have two standards, – one for themselves and the same one for others. Jews believe that one has a right to be one's self. Simple. Easy to remember.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Reply

      Most liberal Jews are shaped more by the modern world (events of the past hundred years) than by the Old Testament. And because Jews have been persecuted so fiercely and so often for being different, we sympathize with others who are persecuted for being different.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  7. ted

    Imagine Israel gives up some land and makes a very fair peace with the Palestinians. What makes anyone be sure, that the Arab states will honor it especially when their economies get hit hard as the world gets itself of the oil addiction? The Islamists will rise up as they did in Egypt and declare the agreement null and voild.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • steve

      Muslims have been using the tactic of land for peace for centuries. They always break their agreements and want more land.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  8. Trevor

    I don't hate jews but there are some pretty obvious sources of prejudice

    1) Israel/Palestine conflict

    2) AIPAC/Israeli lobby dominance of our politics

    2) All the Jewish financiers acting as parasites on the real economy

    May 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • sbp

      Have you looked at the major investment banks in this country? They're predominantly run by WASPS, and always have been. This "jew domination of banking" is a myth, and the fact that you bought into it lock stock and barrel tells us where you're coming from.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • AverageJoe76

      Dude, you got two '2"s. Anywho....... but that last point applies to humans in general. There's greed in every race/religion/creed out there.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • ted

      1. The conflict is two-sides. Hamas is by far less reasonable than any Israeli gov't.
      2. The AIPAC main role is to support Israel. Is is harmess to the US.
      3. There are probably 100-times Irish, Italian, German, English – you name it crooks on Wall Street and markets worldwide.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Joel

      Financiers are an integral and important part of the "real economy". There is nothing parasitic about bankers or investors and in fact, they are one of the most significant factors of a healthy economy. You seem to have bought the Occupy and Tea Party witch hunt hook, line, and sinker.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      So, Mitt Romney is really Jewish? Who knew?

      May 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • RDK

      Trevor-If you think Israel-Palestine conflict is the number one reason for the prejudice, do you also think that there was even a state of Israel, let alone Israel-Palestine conflict when 6 million Jews were murdered out of pure hatred in the Holocaust? Read a little history before making such judgements.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • jazz

      Jews are no different than anyone else. Do you own a house? Do you have a mortgage? Someone did a great service to you buy providing that mortgage. Most mortgage brokers and banker I know are not Jewish. You are too dumb to see that. Everyone is greedy and selfish. Christians are just as greedy as Jews. I don't see any difference in Jews and Christians. They are all different. There is not one stereotype that fits all people. Oh brother, why am I wasting my time on such dumb comments.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  9. bob

    Why don't you post an article "Why do some hate catholics" Oh i forgot the media which is mostly jewish loves to bash catholics. Don't dish it out and expect not to get some back!

    May 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • Anon

      Hitler was Catholic, so I do not blame any Jew for seeking the downfall of the most evil criminal organization in the world.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • bob

      give me a break. your not born a religion. just because your parents are catholic does not make you a catholic. hitler was no catholic

      May 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Joel

      @bob

      Yes, he was, the facts support this. Please, dump the No True Scotsman arguments.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Alex Gessong

      @bob: an example of the media bashing Catholics would be...? What, reports about pedophile priests? That's not Catholic-bashing. Most Catholics are not pedophiles, nor are most priests, and I've never found any news articles suggesting otherwise. And where did you get the stat about the media being "mostly Jewish"? Google 'Spanish Inquisition" and you'll find that it's not Jews who've been bashing Catholics, but Catholics who've been bashing Jews, for centuries. Catholics actually accused Jews of being the cause of the Black Plague that killed a third of the European population. Seriously, dude, Catholics are not the persecuted party in this debate.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      "As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice."

      "I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator."

      "Who says I am not under the special protection of God?"

      These are all quotes by Adolf Hitler

      May 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  10. feedthehungryII

    Unfortunately, the Jews have been perhaps the most persecuted and despised group of people on the planet. It's really quite sad and disheartening. Biblical scholars will tell you though that they may have brought some of this upon themselves. God clearly said that JEWS are GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE (Deuteronomy 14:2). However, they ultimately rejected God's ONLY SON, JESUS CHRIST and put him to death. The trouble experienced by the Jews has been exponential since they rejected the savior of the world. They slapped God in the face and essentially said "we're smarter than you God... Jesus is NOT your son...".

    May 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • logical

      Hebrews or ancient jews were enslaved by the ancient Egyptians so not sure how much dirty water your statement holds. also jesus was a practicing jew for almost all of his life, the final supper was a pessach sedar commemorating the jews liberation from Egyptian slavery

      May 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • why2

      Ok, so you are saying that even though the Romans executed Jesus, that the handful of Jews present at the time basically cursed all Jewish people for all time because they supposedly did not stop Jesus from dying? However, didn't Jesus need to die for your sins according to Christian faith? If the Jews had stepped in, who would have "died for your sins?" Seems to me that you needed Jesus to die when he did so he could fulfill his potential, so you should love Jews for allowing this to happen if you really blame them for his death.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • jazz

      I thought Jesus wanted to die so he could sacrifice himself for all who believed in him. Didn't Jesus have magical powers? He could have easily avoided capture or escaped the Roman persecution but he chose not to. The fact is, this whole story is just a fictional account of maybe a real person who protested the Roman treatment of Jews.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  11. ted

    I don't care for the Jew-haters. But Israel may face tens-hundreds of millions of poor and angry arabs once their oil runs out.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
    • why2

      When Israel's oil runs out? They have oil?

      May 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  12. Zeek

    Most of the jews we know to date and as far back as 500 hundred years or more are anglo saxon or ashkanazi jews, many of them are not the same as those in the days of the Messiah...they're not actually Hebrew although they speak the language. They're not of the tribed of Yashar'al or Yahuda. No reason to hate a pple anyway.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  13. Richs

    No. I have a large extended family and no one is or has been either of these industries. Your statement is basically the same as saying all white people can't jump. Just go look at the a basketball court.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • BGko

      I don't believe I ever said ALL jews are in entertainment and banking. I said a 'disproportionate amount", and that was based on your own estimate of 1% population. Would you say a disproportionate amount of black people play basketball when compared to their total population percentage? How is that question any different than my original one? That doesn't mean every black family has a basketball player in it, so your own family is largely irrelevant to the issue. It's not a bad thing, Jewish entertainers are usually very funny or have insightful comments. It's not secret many are good with finances. Would you say more than 1% of entertainers or bankers are Jewish? If yes, it is a disproportionate amount, is it not?

      May 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • magnus

      as with any population of group of people, there is a bell curve. so there are poor jews, but the percentage of poor jews are low, but they do exist and to reference them to dismiss a fact that most jews are rich is silly.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Andy Daniel

      Rich, you are right hat it's disproportianate, and I'll tell you why... it's really exactly the same reason that in our area the convenience stores are run by Indians and the cabbies are Pakistani. One or two got into the business, and hired people they were comfortable with, and it ballooned like that. There really was a time when most laundry was run by Chinese immigrants – same reason. Why does a neighborhood become Korean, or Italian, or Irish – same reason. Immigrants feel most comfrtable working for, hiring, and living near people who speak the same l;anguage and share the same culture.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Richs

      Most Jews are rich? If you mean hard working and succesfulI, I guess you might be correct. But my family is hard working and succesful but by no means is rich. You folks are making generalizations with no stastical facts behind what you are saying. As a Jew if you could prove these I might even agree with some of you.

      Show me the facts.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  14. M Houston

    Everyone is hated by someone. Makes no difference who (or what) you are someone is going to "hate" you.
    Seems to me for a lot of people 'hate" is an end in itself: they hate because they can. And because they
    want to...because they enjoy the "hating"...

    May 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
  15. asdf

    I know I certainly get annoyed when any questioning of Israel's activities over the last 60 years is immediately met with a resounding chorus of people calling that person an anti-Semite.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • steve

      That is generally because most people who criticize Israel never criticize the arab countries surrounding Israel, who have tried to destroy Israel several times. It is a long conflict with mistakes on both sides, but when you only criticize Israel and not her neighbors, yes, it is anti-semitic.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • Anon

      Steve, why don't you just shut the fcuk up. You can't make a good argument to save your worthless life, as anyone can see.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  16. palintwit

    "Mitt Romney has begun vetting his vice-presidential candidates. And they say they're not going to make the same mistake as they did last time. They're going to do a much more thorough job vetting than McCain did with you-know-who. They said this time they're going to ask probing questions like, 'Can you read? And 'How many fingers am I holding up?'" –Bill Maher

    May 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  17. disgustedvet

    Perhaps that question would be better if it were addressed to the Jewish community.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  18. ted

    Why some hate us – the Jews? In my observation happy, fulfilled people don't hate anyone. Now we Jews are not without some serious shortcomings. We want to live well, and some of us want to live way too well. But for every Bernie Madoff, there are thousands of honest, hardworking Jewish professionals, including the Jewish carptrenters and their sons.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
    • Robairdo

      I have a question for you Ted if you really are a Jew how come nearly every Jew I know supports marriage equality for LGBT when the old testament is so much more against it then the new testament for Christians?

      May 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Anon

      There are a bunch of pedo-rabbis and child abusers in the Jewish community. Don't go waving your bs here, ted. We know there are no reasons to give all Jews a free pass for anything. Each individual is just a person, not a "chosen" person, for there is no god.
      Many Jews are racist. Many are child abusers. Many are greedy pieces of trash. Many are nice people. It depends on each one and how their brains have been warped by their culture and religion.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      persecution empathy

      May 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  19. jay

    I believe it is very deceptive for jews to call people racist when judaism is nothing but a religion. so when people disagree why are they called racist? why are people called anti-semetic when the majority of jews are not even semetic? all people that speak english are not englishmen and women. I belive it is a lie, the whole concept is a lie.

    May 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • sbp

      Well, that was pointless. Would you just prefer to be called "jew hater?"

      May 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • BGko

      sbp – At what point did he say something negative about Jews? His argument is based on the misuse of words. Why are you so quick to see hate in everything that is said?

      May 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • sbp

      Derp, the mere use of the term "anti-Semitic" sends this guy into a tizzy, and as a result of this semantic issue he states Jews are very deceptive, "it is a lie, the whole concept is a lie." And you think he doesn't have issues with Jews? Who are you kidding? Please...

      May 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • magnus

      semetic is not the issue. jews were persecuted because they were seen as Jesus' killer. its a historical thing.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  20. Realdirect

    Who Brought the Slaves to America?

    By Walter White Jr., 1968

    The story of the slaves in America begins with Christopher Columbus. His voyage to America was not financed by Queen Isabella, but by Luis de Santangelo, who advanced the sum of 17,000 ducats (about 5,000 pounds-today equal to 50,000 pounds) to finance the voyage, which began on August 3, 1492.

    Columbus was accompanied by five 'maranos' (Jews who had foresworn their religion and supposedly became Catholics), Luis de Torres, interpreter, Marco, the surgeon, Bemal, the physician, Alonzo de la Calle and Gabriel Sanchez (1).

    Gabriel Sanchez, abetted by the other four Jews, sold Columbus on the idea of capturing 500 Indians and selling them as slaves in Seville, Spain, which was done. Columbus did not receive any of the money from the sale of the slaves, but he became the victim of a conspiracy fostered by Bemal, the ship's doctor. He, Columbus, suffered injustice and imprisonment as his reward. Betrayed by the five maranos (Jews) whom he had trusted and helped. This, ironically, was the beginning of slavery in the Americas .

    May 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • veggiedude

      And these five jews represented all jews worldwide at that time? Christopher Columbus is not implicated at all for his deeds? Sounds like you are very selective about applying blame. Colonialism was the problem – not jews.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • sbp

      Good analysis. My understanding is EVERY slave-owner in the South was actually a Jew; they only pretended to be Christian to get into the better country clubs. Dope.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • veggiedude

      LOL – taken from a site that bills itself as the "anti-Zionist's think tank." I thought as much.

      May 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
    • AngryJew

      What is your source? Obviously I find this posting very disturbing.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
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